When it rains, it pours...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CSRA Landscaping, Apr 18, 2001.

  1. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I need a new tranny on my truck, my big mower's in the shop, and now my backup mower is having issues! I had to push a yard that was three feet high today! Here's the deal; my backup shuts off when I try to engage the blades or even go forward or backward. My guess is that there's s/t wrong with the safety shutoff. It's a JD 318, garden tractor type. Any ideas??
     
  2. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
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    sounds like the seat safety switch. hot wire and try again.

    GEO
     
  3. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks Geo. I'm a geek and I don't know how to do that. Mind helping me out?
     
  4. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
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    On my JD 430, you just unplug the wire to the seat and put a short piece of wire from one side to the other side of the plug and you are set to go. :)

    A short piece of bare wire bent in a U shape will do the job.
     
  5. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    Thats what I did with my Lazer Eric. I got tired of the thing cutting off and on when the connection got a little dirt in it. Or cutting off when I had to get off the mower to pick up some trash or do a steep incline and came off the seat a little
     
  6. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    you guys are so cool ....
     
  7. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe the mower got scared when faced with 3 feet of grass....
     
  8. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Would that be the mower's reaction, John? At any rate, the wiring worked, I actually used a paperclip. Guess I still have desk job tendencies ...
    Just imagine the push mower's reaction, though ...

    [Edited by CSRA Landscaping on 04-18-2001 at 08:23 PM]
     
  9. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Senior Member
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    It sounds like you are starting to get my luck, all for the part about fixing it in the end....
     

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